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Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium

Between Government Avenue and Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 21 481 3800
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The Iziko South African Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance. The collections now range from fossils almost 700-million years old to insects and fish caught last week. There are also stone tools made by people 120 000 years ago, traditional clothes from the last century, and T-shirts printed yesterday.The Planetarium, which is housed in the South African Museum building, is a celestial theatre in the round, utilising the complex Minolta star machine and multiple projectors to transport the audience through the wonders of the universe. The ultimate in armchair travel.Inside the domed auditorium, we can recreate the night sky, so whatever the weather outside, the Planetarium sky is always clear, an extraordinary audio-visual experience for old and young.
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  • Average20%
  • Poor5%
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“on display” (11 reviews)
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Between Government Avenue and Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
Between Government Avenue and Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 21 481 3800
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Place is well maintained. Comfortable seats. Not too expensive. Our kids loved the show. Will most definately go again

Thank louiselategan
Reviewed 5 days ago

What a find while strolling through the Company's Gardens! The museum and planetarium is a fantastic and affordable must-see. The museum is massive and every time you think you have seen everything, another room is found...to end our exploration within the museum we attended a...More

Thank CelesteRust
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’m likely bias as I love museums and am a total dinosaur and history nerd, but this museum was great. The rock art exhibition was very well done, the animals displays were great too. The dinosaurs were a favourite and it was really interesting. While...More

Thank Sally H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit to gain an understanding of shipping and Cape Town harbour in the early days. One can see how the harbour developed over 200 years. There are some exhibits made by prisoners nearly 150 years ago. All very interesting and informative

Thank GordonW318
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I and my wife took my grand daughter to the museum and planetarium where we were all amazed at the animals, whale and other interesting things to look at. We finished by attending a realistic show in the planetarium called "Tilt" which was very amazing...More

Thank carneygr
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

Museum was under renovation which meant that some exhibits were closed...But the planetarium! Amazing. They upgraded to a new system. It's HD and the quality is perfect. The guy operating the system was knowledgable and gave us a virtual tour after the show. We were...More

1  Thank Jaak B
Reviewed 26 November 2017

Here you can see close by if you have missed out some animals during sfari's. Large collection, probably the best of Africa. A more lively presentation in diorama's may improve the visitor appeal, but the hall with the whales is impressive.

1  Thank huys25
Reviewed 15 November 2017

It is a very good natural historical museum. You need to go there and learn more about South Africa's nature. Also, you have to take a planetarium section. This planetarium is just the best around the world.

1  Thank VivianaCorte
Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

It simply was not good; mainly stuffed animals or even worse plastic animals, no clear routes to guide through the museum. Also construction work ongoing. Only interesting was an exhibition of south African wild life photos: absolutely amazing! That is what made the visit worthwhile.

Thank Rho28500
Reviewed 4 November 2017

we were happy to see this museum. they had interesting exhibitions and even our teens enjoyed it. feels very represented of the rainbow nation! Nice park near by

Thank bernielouwsaunders
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